Virat Kohli, come to Pakistan and play cricket: India captain’s fan in Lahore wins hearts
Virat Kohli's fan in Lahore was spotted during the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka (Reuters Photo)
- Virat Kohli's fan urged him to come and play cricket in Pakistan
- The fan was spotted at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore
- India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2013
Virat Kohli, world cricket's biggest superstar, has fan following all over the globe. Despite the strain in bilateral ties between India and Pakistan over the years, Kohli has earned a lot of love from across the border. Several Pakistan cricket fans, in the past, have showcased their admiration for the India captain.
India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2013 and the two Asian giants have met only at major ICC and ACC tournaments in the recent past.
However, on Wednesday, a Pakistan cricket fan in Lahore held up a banner, requesting Virat Kohli to come and play crikcet in Pakistan. The fan was posing for a photo with the banner a the Gaddafi Stadium during Pakistan's T20I match against Sri Lanka.
"@imVkohli we are hoping you to come Pakistan and play cricket here also. We love you I am big fan of you. Lots of love ?? and strength from ???? #PakVsSri #Lahore #Pakistan," the fan wrote on Twitter.
Fans from either side of the border responded to the tweet with a lot of heartwarming positivity.
Hopefully soon my friend. we would also like to see pak play in india as well????Matargast Zero (@MatargastLog) October 9, 2019
What a lovely gesture from our neighbour fan! God bless!! And sorry on behalf of the haters from my country. We unfortunately have haters on both sides.!#LoveoverhateSiddarth (@SiddarthRupani) October 9, 2019
Such a lovely gesture. Love you bro.harish???? (@Me_harish14) October 9, 2019
Again, people of pakistan are very much true & positive.
We would love to visit Pakistan. Let the situation improve.
Love bro..Vishal_India (@VishalIndia8) October 9, 2019
Sri Lanka's visit to Pakistan also marked the return of high-profile cricket to Pakistan ever since the bus attack in Lahore in 2009.
Despite 10 top players, inclduing Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews pulling out, Sri Lanka sent a second-string team to Pakistan for a 3-match ODI series and 3-match T20I series.
Pakistan, under new head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, won the 3-match ODI series 2-0 in Karachi. Notably, amid a lot of buzz, the 1st ODI in Karachi was washed out with a ball being bowled due to rain.
Sri Lanka, though, fought back and clinched the T20I series 3-0 in Lahore. The visiting Sri Lankan side, led by Dasun Shanaka, played an impressive brand of cricket as a lot of young names stepped up and helped them clinch their first-ever clean sweep in a T20I series.